Do I understand how ROI works? How much resource will we need to administer the program? How do we know what activities are best? How should I expect the workforce to respond and participate? Where can I get services or products for the activities we provide? What activities will return the best results? What am I measuring? Does my insurance carrier provide something that might work? Will my executive team support the program? What does supporting the program mean?
There are many questions a leader can be contemplating but what are the most important questions to address first? What is the leader’s responsibility and most important actions?
Below are questions well prepared leaders focus on first:
- Do I personally understand the connection between sustained high performance at work and holistic wellness? How do lifestyle changes result in greater potential? Why holistic lifestyle change? Is this just about eating less and exercising? What are the life promoting habits we all need some of? Do I believe personal transformation and greater performance is possible through small lifestyle changes added over time? What don’t I know about holistic lifestyle change I need to learn?
- Am I ready to lead my own personal wellness journey? Does my example impact the entire wellness program? How? Have I come to a realization that being whole and effective at work means holistic long-term change for myself? Do I understand what wellness goals might be like for me and what obstacles I can expect? Am I ready to share my personal successes and struggles with honesty and humility? Am I ready to support others in a winsome nonjudgmental way? Can you help your organization avoid treating one another like victims or villains? Can you be a caring confronter, first for yourself and then for others? A person who brings both truth and caring support with authenticity?
- Is the business prepared to invite its workforce into a co-created, long-term journey of lifestyle change? The point of a wellness program is for employees to make long-term positive lifestyle changes over time. That’s where the return is for them and the business. Wellness is an invitation to make lifestyle changes together. The program needs to be safe, consistent, authentic, transparent and co-created. These attributes are achieved by aligning purpose, guiding principles, and key priorities reliably then communicating and acting on them consistently. Is your executive team aligned and ready to be the primary wellness community example for the company? Is the business infrastructure needed to execute in place? Do you have a simple wellness ops plan? Do you need to introduce any new company values or process changes to be in alignment? Wellness needs to be just another application of company values, mission and vision.
- Do I understand the critical role of community in any wellness effort? Just like in business initiatives community is the “secret sauce” for success in wellness. Community is so woven into the fabric of successful long-term lifestyle change you could probably make the case that the quality of the community is more important than the quality of the activities. Simply put, people do lifestyle change well with safe supportive people and usually do poorly by themselves in isolation over the long-term. And long-term change is precisely what you are targeting. You need trust, connection, teamwork and encouragement in your wellness culture for the same reasons you want it as part of any high performing team. People need other people to be their best. It’s the way they best grow, perform, invest, stay accountable, create, collaborate and lean on each other’s strengths.
These questions will help with a solid beginning or restructuring. The way the executive team models wellness will set the pace for the program. Like any initiative in business leadership is critical. The best you can do as a leader is to be a good example and make more great leaders…
How would you implement quickly and effectively? We can discuss how your situation is unique. Call me at 425-503-1967 or email email@example.com.
Best of the new year,